As an apology for the delayed released of ‘Happy People’, the band’s second LP, Peace are currently touring small venues around the country before their larger dates which will take place later on in the year. This tour includes three shows at The Cluny in Newcastle which sold out well in advance.
Entering the venue you immediately realise what an intimate and special gig you’re about to witness as The Cluny really is a tiny venue. Newcastle based four piece Coquin Migale warmed up the crowd perfectly and the room was vibrating with energy. Lead singer Alex Soper has a gentle and passionate voice which nicely compliments the buoyancy of the backing instruments. In fact lead guitarist Matthew Wooton was so passionate he almost knocked over the whole drum kit before quickly saving himself.
However it’s when Peace walk on stage that the atmosphere really builds. Diving straight into fan favourite ‘Follow Baby’ the young crowd scream along as Harrison Kossier effortlessly charms, despite looking like he’d probably rather be somewhere else.
The band play a mix of songs from their first album ‘In Love’ and their new. The crowd react perfectly as if they’ve planned a routine, going wild during songs such as ‘Lovesick’ and swaying in time to slower tracks like ‘Float Forever’.
Many fans name ‘1998 (Delicious)’, a cover of an old Binary Finary rave track, as their favourite live track, and although it’s hard to imagine it when just listening in your bedroom, it was definitely the highlight of the night. With a slow intro and long build up it’s no surprise that when the song picks up a mosh pit was formed despite the struggle with space.
The band left after performing ‘Wraith’, but returned quickly for a three song encore as it was clear everyone had the energy for plenty more. The band made the most of the encore with long bass solos, reaching out to the crowd and jumping up on amps. The crowd made the most of the encore, crowd diving and jumping on stage. The band closed with ‘World Pleasure’, an odd choice and perhaps not their wisest as an old favourite may have given more closure, but this didn’t dampen anyones spirits and everyone left safe with the knowledge that Peace are around for the long haul.